How fortunate was I to be invited for a personal tour of the 2015 The Block ‘Blocktagon’ and meet the couples of the show themselves?! And they were exactly how they come across our TV screens – funny, playful and normal people (surprise, surprise!).
I was there to check out the newly renovated kitchens but I couldn’t help but eye off the rest of their apartments! More on that soon!
With only four points dividing the winners and fifth place, all the kitchens scored extremely well in the much-anticipated (and dreaded?!) ‘Kitchen Week’. Kitchen design specialists from The Good Guys Kitchens worked closely with the couples to create five completely different looks.
“We had to work with the couples to ensure the look and feel of the kitchen was a reflection of their overall vision for their apartment, and this required close consultation and creative planning to make the most of the building’s unusual spaces,” said Julie Hanover, kitchen design expert at The Good Guys Kitchens.
“The results really speak for themselves, and the amount of fantastic storage solutions, soft close inclusions throughout and top of the line appliances from The Good Guys, these are some of the best kitchens we’ve ever seen on The Block!”
Kingi and Caro took out the coveted title of Kitchen Week winners, with their Good Guys Kitchen scoring a huge 29/30. Judge, Neale Whitaker, scored the couple a perfect 10, describing their urban style kitchen as “the hero of the apartment”.
Their colour scheme is bold yet timeless, matching their overall apartment look. It featured contrasting cabinetry colours of Matt Black and Serene, which Neale Whitaker referenced:
“It was not that long ago when the judges all thought a black kitchen was a big risk, but today this feels totally appropriate”.
The benchtops in Silestone Zeus together with Kingi’s rendered island added depth and texture while the graffiti-style artwork on the island bar introduces the couple’s signature artistic element to the space.
Coming in a very close second by half a point with a score of 28.5/30, Dean and Shay created a contemporary entertainer’s kitchen in their penthouse with an on-trend colour palette of black, white and timber grain with brass and copper accents. By moving their kitchen to the other side of the building to the other couples, it has a different feel altogether and importantly, it has a butler’s pantry! Their mirrored splashback and vertical garden bring the outdoors in, with their long bench under the window capitalising on the north-facing space and city views.
Next was Ebony and Luke who scored 27/30 for their contemporary classic kitchen. They blended classic and contemporary just like in the rest of the apartment by pairing classic white Shaker-style profile doors with contrasting shadow line details. In fact, they had black timber and copper handles imported from Europe to be the star of their space. The Silestone island benchtop in Ariel was cleverly angled to complement the irregular shape of the room and by removing a wall, Ebony and Luke opened up their room, making it more spacious and inviting.
In fourth place scoring 25.5/30 was Whitney and Andy with their Scandinavian-inspired kitchen. My favourite element was their huge black Seg freestanding oven, which added serious industrial edge to the space. Their palette of white, grey and timber grain was fresh and for the first time on The Block they used an inverted sharknose profile benchtop by Silestone in White Storm, which contrasts with the marble-inspired island benchtop in Lyra. Their herb garden cut into their island was a fun touch too!
Finally, Suzi and Vonni’s kitchen, which scored 25/30, was sleek and moody, just like the rest of the ladies’ apartment. It featured all the bells and whistles, including a large island with built-in Bosch induction cooktop and expansive prep space. Matt black dominates throughout with the Silestone benchtops providing contrast and adding a sense of luxury. Particularly noteworthy is the thin 12mm top in Carbono with its metallic effect, integrated sink and metallic effect, befitting this show-stopping kitchen.
For more information on The Good Guys kitchens and for expert advice please visit kitchens.thegoodguys.com.au.